Sunday, January 15, 2017

Mango Garden Cabins at "Sambo - Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat"

The Mango Garden Cabins at Sambo - Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat are truly excellent. All with private bath and beds fitted with mosquito nets.

Sambo - Shipibo Ayahuasca Retreat is located just (2km) outside Pucallpa/Yarinacocha in San Jose, Peru. Ask mototaxi driver for Sambo - San Jose

 (S/. 5) - Tel: (51) 961-09-7008 ( Peaceful cabañas available in a large mango garden (daily/monthly rates), Bath en suite, Free Wi-Fi. Ample garden space for pitching a tent. Parking for RV. Jungle Tours...

As well, authentic Shipibo Ceremonies available with renowned (80 y.o. shaman) Maestra Olivia Arevalo. 
Ayahuasca cooked on the grounds. Helpful family/staff and the ducks are precious! More info and photos at website -

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Yoki's Restaurant - Central Market! Lima, Peru!

YOKI's - In the center of Lima, Yoki purveys the very best of classic Peruvian foods. She and her daughters offer quick, delicious plates 6 days a week until 4pm. Try the Catch of the Day, appetizer Papa a la Huancaína, chicken, ceviche, soups or the Huevera crowned with an egg (side salad or rice)! Everything fresh, clean and made with care! And it's all so affordable!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Green Olives Stuffed with Rocoto Pepper from Peru!

New Favourite Olive - instead of pimento these Green Olives are stuffed with hot Rocoto Pepper from Peru. It's a nice balance of agreeable piquancy and the richness of the olive cured in a salty brine.

Next time make mine a Dirty Martini with three of these. I believe, even 007 would approve.
And at US$4 a kilo not even your wallet will complain!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Amazon Basin - Fruit Bowl

In the Amazon Basin, what gave me the biggest thrill was the incredible fruit. Camu camu, Ungarahui, Pitana, Garana, Bacuri and caju; so many I'd never seen or tasted before. Mangoes dropped from the trees! In such quantity, that after the first week of the season the locals didn't really pay attention to them pounding the rooftops or plopping onto the lawn. I saw them all as jewels. Even cutting a papaya for breakfast I did with joy and reverence...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jungle Honey!

Honey is a sweet food made by bees foraging nectar from flowers. Naturally, honey is named by using the floral source from which it was made. So give bees access to the blossoms of the Amazon Rainforest and the honey reflects the marvels of that environment! The result is Jungle Honey! Jungle Honey is viscous and sweet with a surprising piquancy. Meet Don Omar who collects honey without special gear or netted hat. He sez a few bites are good for the health. I mention, too many and they’re toxic. He nods with a knowing smile...

Friday, October 23, 2015

Accommodating Wishes and Touring Wines!

She was shy but managed to say she'd like a photo if only I'd step off the curb... one step back and done. I simply love chatty locals!

Inspired by glorious vintages from Latin wine producing countries, I flew to South America to know the people and grapes and attend the Vendimia wine fiestas. All over the wine producing world there are festivals held after the grape harvest. And once the picking is complete the festivities are enjoyed in earnest. Just remember the seasons are reversed other side of the equator and the grape harvest is in April! Meaning there are two opportunities to revel in wine each and every year; the May Vendimia of South America, South Africa, and Australia then again in September in Europe and North America! I think that makes Dionysus rather happy, don't you?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Make Mine White and Fluffy - SnowBlind in the Andes

SnowBlind in the Andes details the Andean journey from sacred leaf to cocaine tourism; filled with images from the trenches and personal tales from Coca fields to the streets of Cali, Medellin, Lima and La Paz with clear vision into this otherworldly South American story.

Over twenty years living in the Andes prompts me to lay bare coca-tourism since its on-going rise continues as I live here. I've always been better acquainted with the coca leaf and the culture that surrounds it, however, the big story is that the native peoples are now taking a larger role in production and trafficking. Access in gringo clubs has become standard along with open Cocaine table-service in Bolivia. The message is clear, the Andes are rapidly changing. It's no longer a world divided into Green and White - Native and Gringo. As a result, the naughty are arriving in droves to do little white lines. They've come to blow their brains out on holiday.